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Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Andrew Holness administration is looking to dangle a raft of incentives before criminal suspects to secure more guilty pleas.The incentives are being contemplated as part of the proposed amendments to the plea-bargain legislation and other...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Marisa Golding has seen too many 'good young boys' migrate to a life of crime and become part of the problem in Clarendon, and she is adamant that none of her children will take that path.The mother of five is doing all she can to ensure that her...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The sound of dogs barking is all it takes to drive fear into jittery residents of Havana Heights, a small community located in southwest Clarendon."A gunshot we a listen fah next," Marisa Golding, a long-time resident, told The Gleaner yesterday....

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation's chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn has suggested that the legislation enacted to ease the backlog of cases clogging up the court system is instead contributing to the growing pile-up.The Committal Proceedings Act, which came into effect...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett

Longer sentences for gun-related crimes are among the raft of legislative tools the Andrew Holness administration plans to give the police this year to help tackle the country’s crime problem. Last year, Jamaica recorded more than 1,300...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

ONE high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has confirmed that he will not be seeking the job of police commissioner, even as some of his colleagues remained coy about their interest in the post.Glenmore Hinds, the deputy...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

CreditInfo Jamaica, one of three credit bureaus operating locally, is finalising arrangements that could allow local utility companies to share information with it about their customers.Craig Stephen, CEO of CreditInfo Jamaica, said his company has...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The search for the nation's next police commissioner should extend outside the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), one former high-ranking officer has suggested.Mark Shields, a former deputy commissioner of police in charge of the crime...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Outgoing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams last night bristled at suggestions that the country's rising murder toll influenced his decision to step down next month.Williams, who took over as the nation's police chief in September 2014, also...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's financial institutions are not moving fast enough to offer lower interest rates to customers with good credit reports, the head of one local credit bureau has charged.Instead, Craig Stephen, chief executive officer of CreditInfo Jamaica,...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica's police chief has suggested that the actions of telecommunications company FLOW, to inadvertently publish the private telephone numbers and other personal data of several current and former public officials as well as business leaders and...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A woman who was twice given the wrong blood transfusion by medical personnel at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) 10 years ago has been awarded close to $4.5 million in damages.Barbara Wright complained, in a lawsuit filed against...

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Supreme Court has placed a freeze on four high-end properties, valued at nearly $400 million, that were traced by local investigators to a Jamaican couple that...

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Peter Bunting, one of the aspirants for presidency of the People's National Party (PNP), has declared that there was no plan between himself and South East St Ann Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna to force out Portia Simpson Miller."Myself and Lisa...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 3:15 PMLivern Barrett

Former President of the Senate Floyd Morris today suggested that People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller was forced out by persons she brought into the party. "It hurt my heart to see how the Comrade leader was...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 2:46 PMLivern Barrett

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson took over as general secretary of the People's National Party (PNP) on Sunday, promising to lead a secretariat that is fair and impartial. Robinson replaces Paul Burke, who served as...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 1:57 PMLivern Barrett

A quarrel has broken out between People's National Party (PNP) supporters loyal to President Portia Simpson Miller and others supporting St Ann South East Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna. The factions are gathered in different areas of the...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The new head of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major General Rocky Meade, plans to deploy a battalion of soldiers - normally between 500 and 600 - to the crime-plagued western section of the island but made it clear that the army would have to...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett

More than three decades after Jamaica recorded its first AIDS case, one local group of medical experts has estimated that more than 13,000 Jamaican children have been left orphaned or vulnerable to contracting the virus.That figure, according to Dr...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A prosecutor yesterday revealed that a number of witnesses in the fraud case against former Cash Plus boss Carlos Hill cannot be located.The admission came in the Home Circuit Court yesterday where Hill's trial was again postponed, eight years after...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

National Security Minister Robert Montague has directed Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into allegations made against senior members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a video being...

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A Corporate Area judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Jamaican woman living in the United States who went missing from the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court during a short break in her fraud trial on Thursday.Winsome McFarlane walked out of...

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Since the start of the year, fraudsters have used the Internet to defraud Jamaican companies and individuals of more than $100 million through a number of elaborate schemes.The bulk of the loot, according to Inspector Jacqueline Dodd, was stolen...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

With more Jamaicans owning smartphones and other digital devices, one high-ranking police officer wants legislators to make cyber-defamation a criminal offence.Cyber-defamation is defined by law-enforcement personnel as the posting of derogatory or...

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A former White House executive has suggested that Jamaicans encourage relatives living in the United States (US) to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton to win next month's presidential election, hinting that this could bring a huge economic...

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